Micromax yesterday launched Canvas Xpress 2 for Rs 5,999, thus placing it directly against Xiaomi Redmi 2. The Micromax Canavs Xpress 2 will be available via flash sales from August 4. But is it really so attractive for one to lose sleep instead of buying Redmi 2 which is available in open sales these days?
Read on to find out our view.
As I said in its hands on, the Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 is a beautiful smartphone. The black model which we got has a golden colour side panel. Even the logo, pasted on the back, is in golden colour. The circular rear camera panel also has a golden colour thread around it, that glitters under light. Overall, Micromax’s decision to keep it in black and golden colour was spot on.
The Xiaomi Redmi 2 too has a plastic body as the Xpress 2 and has got matte finish body. It looks a bit less rich and thicker than the Micromax handset. In terms of looks only, our vote will go for Micromax Xpress 2 for sure.
The Xiaomi Redmi 2 has a 4.7 inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and has Corning Gorilla Glass 2. While the Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 has a 5 inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 and has Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
So in terms of size and due to the tougher display, the Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 looks like the winner of this round but one should remember the Redmi 2 has better pixel per density.
Processor & Memory
The Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 has a 1.4 GHz Mediatek octa-core processor, which runs with 1 GB of RAM. The internal storage stands at 8 GB and it offers expandable storage slot as well. Moreover, it accept external storage devices (USB OTG functionality).
The Xiaomi Redmi 2 has a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 processor which runs with 1 GB of RAM. The internal storage stands at 8 GB. The memory can be expanded by up to 32 GB.
The Xiaomi Redmi 2 runs on Android KitKat, but has the latest MIUI 6.0, and it is likely to get the Android Lollipop upgrade at some point. MiUI is a user feedback centric UI, making it one of the most responsive and easy to use UIs available in the market.
The Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 runs on Android KitKat too, but it has no customised interface, which may appeal to many.
The Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 has a 2500 mAh battery, while the Xiaomi Redmi 2 has a 2200 mAh battery.
While Xiaomi hasn’t told us how long the phone will last, Micromax claims that the Canvas Xpress 2 can last for 9.5 hours of talk time or 393 hours of standby. Thus, the winner of this round, by default is the Micromax Canvas Xpress 2.
The Xiaomi Redmi 2 has an 8 megapixel primary camera; with auto-focus, geo-tagging, smile detection, flash, HDR, and video recording at 1080p at 30 fps. The front has a 2 megapixel camera that can record videos at 720p.
The Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 has a 13 megapixel primary camera with autofocus, and PurCel technology (while other details of the camera remain unavailable). The front of the Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 has a 2 megapixel OmniPixel sensor for selfies and video calls.
Spec for spec, the Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 is the superior camera, but we will reserve final judgement till a real world camera test.
This is where Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 looks really pale against Redmi 2. The Xpress 2 has dual-SIM, 3G, GPS, Bluetooth, and WiFi.
The Xiaomi Redmi 2 is a dual-SIM phone with 4G, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, WiFi, and WiFi hotspot.
The Redmi 2 is the winner, thanks to its 4G capabilities.
As compared to Redmi 2, the Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 looks good in terms of display, processing power, battery, and to some extent camera. It would have been a clear winner but for the lack of 4G. But don’t take it as our vote for the Xpress 2. We will soon come out with a detailed review of Xpress 2 so keep checking The Mobile Indian.